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Love at First Bite (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 27 April 1979 (USA)
This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles ... See full summary »

Director:

Stan Dragoti

Writers:

Robert Kaufman (screenplay), Robert Kaufman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hamilton ... Count Vladimir Dracula
Susan Saint James ... Cindy Sondheim
Richard Benjamin ... Dr. Jeffery Rosenberg / Van Helsing
Dick Shawn ... Lt. Ferguson
Arte Johnson ... Renfield
Sherman Hemsley ... Reverend Mike
Isabel Sanford ... Judge R. Thomas
Barry Gordon ... Flashlight Vendor
Ronnie Schell ... Guy in Elevator
Bob Basso Bob Basso ... T.V. Repairman
Bryan O'Byrne ... Priest
Michael Pataki ... Mobster
Hazel Shermet Hazel Shermet ... Mrs. Knockwurst (Lady in Elevator)
Stanley Brock ... Erwin Newman (Cab Driver)
Danny Dayton ... Billy
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Storyline

This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles through typical New York city life situations while pursuing Cindy Soundheim. But her boyfriend, Doctor Jeff Rosenberg, realizes she is under the influence of a vampire, and tries his bumbling best to convince police Lt Ferguson of what is going on, and to help him stop Dracula. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

Your favorite pain in the neck is about to bite your funny bone! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula Sucks See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$43,885,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,885,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dick Shawn (Lt. Ferguson) would later play Count Dracula in Mr. & Mrs. Dracula (1980). See more »

Goofs

Ar one point, Dr. Rosenberg prefaces his comments to Cindy with the words, "The first time this happened..." A few seconds later he refers to another incident with the preface, "The time before that..." This is chronologically contradictory. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Count Dracula: Shh! Children of the night, shut up!
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Alternate Versions

Commercial TV broadcasts change change Dracula's line "I don't drink wine, and I don't smoke shit" (referring to a character offering him a joint) to the nonsensical "I don't drink wine, and I don't smoke sssssssssss...." See more »

Connections

Referenced in T.J. Hooker: The Lipstick Killer (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love the Night Life
By Alicia Bridges and Susan Hutcheson
© 1977 Lowery Music Company, Incorporated
Performed by Alicia Bridges
Courtesy of Polydor Incorporated
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Got the Dracula thing right!
30 October 2004 | by marykateanswer42See all my reviews

I'm big on the older vampire films--Bela Lugosi, Frank Langella (although Gary Oldman was darned sexy). "Love at First Bite" was a brilliant spoof of the original Dracula. The update of Dracula in New York has been redone many times but not as well as this. Okay, it's a little dated with the disco vibe and the clothing, but George Hamilton's campy accent and deep Dracula gaze were perfect. The writer and George Hamilton had obviously studied the Bela Lugosi version carefully, and there are many references to famous lines, e.g., "I never drink...wine." Reviewers who knock this movie don't know the source material very well. Richard Benjamin, Artie Johnson, and Susan St. James were a great supporting cast.


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